“Howlin’ Mad” Smith MCL, Detachment #592

Our meetings are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month, except one month in the Spring for our annual picnic and December for our Christmas Party (see Calendar for those events). Breakfast is served at 0900 followed by the business meeting at 1000. The meeting location is the American Legion Post 255 located at 1834 Carson Rd, Birmingham, AL 35217.

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 159 Riverview Dr, Bessemer, AL  35023-7737

Meeting Address: American Legion Post 255, Maps & Directions

Phone: (205) 516-8938

Email: [email protected]

2023 Officers

  • Roy Adkins, Commandant
  • Janna Joyner, Sr. Vice Commandant
  • Donald Adkins, Jr. Vice Commandant
  • Loyd Potter, Judge Advocate
  • John Hilmer, Paymaster
  • Roderick Zeigler, Adjutant
  • John Burks, Jr., Chaplain
  • David Ervin, Sgt. at Arms
  • Wiley Monteabaro, Jr. Past Commandant
  • Russell L Casterlin , Marine4Life Liaison
  • Michael Ryan, Web Sgt.
  • VACANT, Newsletter Editor
  • VACANT, Americanism/Historian
  • VACANT, Eagle Scout Contact
  • Brian L. Gierlatowicz, VAVS Contact
  • Jim Davis, Toys 4 Tots Contact

Gen. Holland McTyeire “Howlin’ Mad” Smith

Jesse Johnson Andrews Jr

Holland McTyeire “Howlin’ Mad” Smith, KCB (April 20, 1882 – January 12, 1967) was a general in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He is sometimes called the “father” of modern U.S. amphibious warfare. His nickname, “Howlin’ Mad” Smith, had been given to him by his troops in the Dominican Republic in 1916.[1]

On the eve of World War II, General Smith directed extensive Army, Navy, and Marine amphibious training, which was a major factor in successful U.S. landings in both the Atlantic and Pacific. He subsequently helped prepare U.S. Army and Canadian troops for the Kiska and Attu landings, then led the V Amphibious Corps in the assaults on the Gilbert Islands, the Marshall Islands, the island of Saipan, and Tinian in the Marianas.

During the Marianas operation, besides the V Amphibious Corps, he commanded all Expeditionary Troops, including those that recaptured Guam. He then served as the first commanding general of Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, and headed Task Force 56 (Expeditionary Troops) at Iwo Jima, which included all the assault troops in that battle.

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Lt Gen Victor “Brute” Krulak MCL, Detachment #1415

We are seeking more than a few good men and women to join the Lt. Gen. Victor “Brute” Krulak Detachment… Do you have what it takes? Current and former Marines, FMF Corpsmen, and Navy Chaplains who honorably served or are serving are welcome to submit a membership application for consideration. Our detachment meets the 2nd Saturday, 1000 hours at Hoover Tactical Firearms – 1561 Montgomery Hwy, Birmingham, AL 35216.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: c/o Hoover Tactical Firearms, 1561 Montgomery Hwy, Bham, AL 35216

Meeting Address: Hoover Tactical Firearms – 1561 Montgomery Hwy, Birmingham, AL 35216 – Maps & Directions

Phone: 205-966-3185

Email:[email protected]

2024 Officers

  • Ed Smith Jr., Commandant
  • Al Barfield, Sr. Vice Commandant
  • Slade Bridges, Jr. Vice Commandant
  • Wray Pearce, Judge Advocate
  • Fernando Valentin, Paymaster
  • Cameron Parker, Adjutant
  • Harvey Jones, Chaplain
  • Vernon Woods, Sgt. at Arms
  • Tom Krebs, Jr. Past Commandant
  • , Marine4Life Liaison
  • Cameron Parker, Web Sgt
  • , Newsletter Editor
  • , Americanism/Historian
  • Carol Rodriguez, Eagle Scout Coord.
  • , VAVS Contact
  • Vernon Woods, Toys 4 Tots Coord.

Lt Gen Victor “Brute” Krulak

Victor Harold Krulak (January 7, 1913 – December 29, 2008) was a decorated United States Marine Corps officer who saw action in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Krulak, considered a visionary by fellow Marines,[3] was the author of First to Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps and the father of the 31st Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Charles C. Krulak.

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